Tube and Pipe Production

The tube and pipe production technology area encompasses mills and all of the equipment that makes a mill run successfully: tooling, welding units, nondestructive testers, bundlers, scarfing equipment, straighteners, scrap choppers, and washing systems.

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Tube mill uses direct forming to produce square, rectangular tubes

November 21, 2016

Fives has introduced the OTO HSU (hollow shape universal) tube mill, designed to produce square and rectangular tubes for the construction industry. The mill produces HSU tubes through direct forming, skipping the traditional step of constructing round tubes and then squaring them.The line...

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Grain size control for successfully fabricating stainless and INCONEL alloy tubing

November 21, 2016 | By Chiranjib K. Mukherjee

Tube producers and fabricators make and use tubing that conforms to a particular manufacturing standard, but few standards specify grain size. Knowing the role that grain size plays is a crucial first step in understanding how a fabrication process succeeds or fails.

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Superior Tube and Fine Tubes appoint three sales managers

October 28, 2016

U.S.-based Superior Tube and U.K.-based Fine Tubes, manufacturers of precision tubing for critical applications, have announced three additions to their sales management team. Mark A. Boyle has been appointed to the position of global aerospace market manager, based at Superior Tube's head office...

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Steel Tube appoints quality assurance and safety manager

October 27, 2016

Statesville, N.C.-based Steel Tube Inc. has appointed Steve Davis to head its quality and safety department. Davis has 33 years of experience in manufacturing, working for both small companies and large corporations. He also is an entrepreneur, having owned and operated two small businesses. "My...

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Eliminating solvents, reducing VOCs

October 26, 2016 | By Martin Tellez

Environmental concerns and the associated legislation have put quite a bit of focus on volatile organic compounds and solvent-based coatings. Water-based coatings are making substantial headway in providing viable alternatives that perform well.

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Modeling tube forming for OCTG with FEA

October 26, 2016 | By Z. Kent Li

The staff at TMK-IPSCO instituted a study of OCTG products using finite element analysis. The purpose was to study and analyze forming behavior as the material progressed through the mill, with an additional benefit of evaluating the load at each mill stand to improve the mill performance and tube quality.

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Load, lock, and let her rip!

October 25, 2016 | By Rick Jackson

Laser cutting machines brought a big leap in productivity to the metalworking market when they were introduced, providing holemaking, cutting, coping, and other capabilities on a single machine. However, this isn’t the only factor in a laser machine’s productivity. The time it takes to load and unload material has a big effect on cycle times and warrants close attention to maximize the machine’s output.

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Tube producer eliminates weld problems one flaw at a time

October 24, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

Tube production is always a matter of juggling a great number of balls at once and dealing with relentless competitive pressure. For companies that provide tube for automotive applications, the risk of a recall is an additional burden. Longtime auto industry supplier Middletown Tube Works found a diagnostic tool that assists its eddy current system in evaluating the tube production process.

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Wheatland Tube disappointed that CBP is not investigating duty evasion on steel pipe from China

October 20, 2016

Chicago-based steel tube producer Wheatland Tube, a division of Zekelman Industries, filed an allegation of duty evasion with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in September, providing public import data demonstrating that the 56,774 metric tons of welded pipe imported by Company "X" from...

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Bright annealing induction furnace surface-treats stainless tube to 0.625 in. OD

October 17, 2016

Ajax Tocco Magnethermic recently shipped a bright annealing induction furnace to a stainless steel tube manufacturer. The system progressively heats the stainless steel tube to high temperatures in an atmosphere of inert gases and then anneals the tube in a cooling chamber to reduce steel hardness...

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Roll-Kraft acquires Chicago Roll

October 5, 2016

Roll-Kraft, Mentor, Ohio, has announced its acquisition of Chicago Roll Co., a Lombard, Ill., company offering design, manufacturing, and refurbishing of tooling for the tube, pipe, and roll forming industry. The Lombard facility has more than 48,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space with 17 CNC...

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Eurolls De Mexico appoints new management

September 13, 2016

Eurolls Spa has appointed Alan Tafoya as general manager and Marco Trevisani as production manager at its Eurolls De Mexico subsidiary in Monterrey, Mexico. Trevisani has more than 25 years of experience working with the Eurolls Group in Italy.The company manufactures and regrinds rolls for...

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OMCO adds custom welded tube capability

September 8, 2016

Wickliffe, Ohio-based custom roll former OMCO has announced that it now has custom welded tube manufacturing capability. The company’s new 200-ft.-long mill is highly automated, permitting the manufacture of highly processed standard-shaped tubes and custom profiles to fit specific requirements....

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Hydrostatic pipe machine to test beyond the standard API grades

September 8, 2016

Fives has installed a hydrostatic pipe tester at the Vallourec plant in Düsseldorf-Rath, Germany. Pipe testing machines at tube plants are designed to help reduce delays on the finishing floor during the testing phase. The test hold time is varied to suit the specific standard to which the pipe is...

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Small manufacturer, big output

August 29, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

James Steel & Tube isn’t the biggest, most high-profile tube producer, but because it is a small company, it is extremely versatile. It has gone through several transformations since it was founded in 1961, and under the guidance of current president Jim Petkus, it is going through another transition.

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